While chasing a second straight state title, Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome athlete D.J. Moore boasts an SEC offer while his talented teammate could be on the verge.
"Vandy offered me a couple of weeks back," Moore said.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, who is the defending South Carolina Class AA high jump champion plans to make an official visit to Nashville to check out the Commodores the weekend of Nov. 12, when Vandy plays host to Kentucky.
He added that he still is fielding phone calls from South Carolina, but the Gamecocks have not offered.
Moore, who also is a receiver and kick returner for the unbeaten and defending state champion Centurions, says that the Commodores are recruiting him to play on the defensive side of the ball.
"They want me to play cornerback," he said.
Vanderbilt passing game coordinator Jimmy Kiser is recruiting Moore for the Commodores. Ron Cooper, South Carolina's special teams and outside linebackers coach is still in touch for the Gamecocks.
It is widely-speculated that Moore, who recently was selected to play for the South Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, will give a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt in the near future. The pledge could come on his official visit, if not sooner.
While certainly talented enough to develop into an SEC-level corner, Moore has been electric on offense and special teams this season. In addition to returning a fumble for a touchdown, Moore caught two scoring passes and returned a punt for a touchdown in Broome's 53-0 win against Spartanburg County rival Woodruff on Oct. 21.
Moore also claimed that Vandy was close to offering his teammate, Teriall Brannon, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end/defensive end. Brannon was an all-region selection last year and also his a good athlete, participating in the triple jump at Broome. Brannon projects at either position at the next level.
The Centurions open defense of their state title in the first round of the Class AA playoffs Friday night with a home game against West-Oak High.